Some of the topics we’ll be discussing at this Tuesday’s school board meeting:
We’ll hear a review of the district’s progress in addressing disproportionate referral of African-American students to special education services. Info here.
We’ll be revisiting the topic of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. After having failed to persuade the legislature to require these very expensive standardized tests, the State Board of Education decided it had the power to impose them without legislative approval, and did so via an administrative rule (over the formal objection of our board). Info here. What’s the next step?
We’ll discuss the possibility of exploring a year-round school alternative. There are no details about this topic included in the agenda.
We’ll hear the district’s annual financial audit report. Info here.
We’ll hear from the committee that examined the issue of discretionary busing. To be entitled to a school bus under state law, a student needs to live a certain distance from his or her school — over two miles for elementary and junior high, and over three miles for high school. We’re free, though, to provide buses for kids who live closer if we choose to. We can’t afford to do much of that “discretionary busing,” however. A committee has been considering what our standards should be for offering discretionary busing.
We’ll hear a proposal for how to handle athletics as part of the transition to opening Liberty High. When Liberty opens in 2017, students who are juniors and seniors at West will have the option of staying on at West. That will pose some challenges for fielding sports teams during Liberty’s initial couple of years. The administration will discuss its recommendation for how to handle those challenges. Info here.
And more! The full agenda is here; please chime in if anything attracts your attention.